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GP Week : Issue 217
F1 >>> BUsinEss diEtrich mAtEschitz Worth: £7,125m Age: 70 Nationality: Austrian Title: owner of red Bull racing and Toro rosso Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz has been a fan of F1 since the late 1980s when his then unknown energy drink sponsored star driver, Gerhard Berger. The Austrian multi-billionaire is now so rich that he can afford to own two F1 teams outright. Mateschitz owns an island in Fiji and a large collection of vintage planes which are displayed at Red Bull’s state of the art Hangar-7 complex in Austria. But his main love is sport and he has driven Red Bull to buy four football teams, a hockey club and the Austrian Grand Prix venue, the Red Bull Ring. EcclEstonE fAmilY Worth: £6,195m Age: 84 Nationality: British Title: Formula One Group chief executive Bernie Ecclestone may have lost his title of the richest person to his friend Dietrich Mateschitz, he is still the most powerful man in Formula One. The son of a trawlerman he worked his way up from market trader to boss of the world’s most glamorous sport. Even a lengthy German court case last year has done nothing to slow him down. Unlike many billionaires he doesn’t have an extravagant lifestyle. He lives in an apartment above his Knightsbridge office and has the milkman deliver direct to his door. He is rumoured to go round his home switching off lights in empty rooms to save on electricity. John pAul dEJoriA Worth: £1,855m Age: 70 Nationality: American Title: co-owner of Circuit of the Americas He may be one of the richest people in F1, but John Paul DeJoria is little known to fans of the sport. However, the haircare and tequila billionaire has played a crucial part in modern F1 as he provided Texan track Circuit of the Americas with the funding it needed to finish construction for the return of the United States Grand Prix in 2012. DeJoria got hooked on F1 in 1995 when he visited the Monaco Grand Prix with his wife Eloise and her good friend Cher. His daughter, Alexis, is one of the world’s leading female dragster racers. roY suBrAtA Worth: £1,790m Age: 66 Nationality: Indian Title: co-owner of Force India All has not gone well for Roy Subrata since his company, Sahara, bought 42.5% of Force India in 2011. The Indian billionaire was arrested in March last year in connection to a fraud case and is currently languishing in a New Delhi jail awaiting trial. In a desperate attempt to raise a £1bn bail bill, Subrata had his cell fitted out with a plush office so he could try to sell off assets such as London’s lavish Grosvenor House hotel. He is cagey about revealing his worth but sources in India say it is close to £2bn. 26 GPWEEK.com // 26 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: